Stitchtopia! Tokyo Quilt Festival here we come

Japanese quilt

This month, we’re daydreaming of Japan! Not only are our fingers busy foundation-paper-piecing Kawaii Hexies (inspired by issue 37’s free cover book),but we’re also planning a trip to see the best of Japanese quilting, and we can’t wait! We’ve joined forces with Arena Travel to take you on a once-in-a-lifetime textile tour of Japan, led by expert Janice Gunner. The Stitchtopia 14-night Tokyo Quilt Festival & Textile Highlights of Japan tour will take you on a journey of exploring Kimono, Sashiko, handmade fabrics and crafts. You will also have two full days to immerse yourself in The Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival at the Tokyo Dome. All this, plus there’ll be plenty of fabric shopping, sightseeing and the chance to experience the fascinating culture of Japan. The dates for your diary are 18 Jan to 1 February 2017, prices from £4750. Find out more at www.arenatravel.com.

Free Kawaii coverbook

Psst! Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Tokyo – get the look anyway with our latest issue’s free Kawai Hexies book! With 26 cute designs to foundation paper piece, plus templates and our ‘how to FPP’ step-by-step guides, you’ll be piecing together cute Japanese-inspired shapes in no time.